July 10 2013
About 10 years ago, the concept of the bucket list, an itemization of either life goals or feats of endurance to accomplish before you kick the proverbial bucket, hit pop culture. Suddenly, aging Baby...
June 26 2013
In 1976, as most of the country was celebrating the nation's bicentennial, baseball fans were rallying behind a Detroit Tigers pitcher with an unusual nickname: Mark "the Bird" Fidrych, who created enough...
June 19 2013
An offbeat idea hatched in a San Francisco hipster bar set journalist and Flint native Gordon Young on a quest to buy a house in his downtrodden hometown. Young's obsession-like love of Flint is the focus...
June 12 2013
Mat Bell's debut novel, "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods," is popping up on some impressive must-read lists this summer
May 29 2013
The Grand Ledge writers' group, Writing at the Ledges, thinks big — and thinking big this year resulted in a 387-page collection of essays, poems and short stories
May 22 2013
If Ruth McNally Barshaw has her way, Ellie McDoodle will never see 13, play a video game or use a cell phone. And the Lansing author and illustrator will have her way, since she is the creator of the five-book...
May 15 2013
Dan Frazier has long been drawn to comic books. The Lansing native, 52, has been collecting comics since he was young, and throughout his life he's accumulated more than 30,000 — about a third of...
May 1 2013
A woman from a local book club recently accosted me about Richard Ford's novel, "Canada." She'd read my review, but was perplexed by its lack of kinetic action
April 24 2013
When he was researching his book, "Detroit City Is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis," Rolling Stone contributing editor Mark Binelli wanted to see a different side of Detroit than...
April 10 2013
Lovers of great literature will have their hands — or at least their bedside tables — full if they want to stay up with the remarkable number of distinguished authors who will be visiting Lansing...
March 27 2013
April is National Poetry Month, and, like the flowers it often celebrates, poetry is about to spring forth all around town. Michigan State University's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities' Center...
March 18 2013
Wednesday, Jan. 25 — Michigan State University associate dean and writing professor Edward Watts wants to make the Midwest less of a flyover zone when it comes to literature. Watts, who has long...
March 13 2013
Thursday, May 31 — John Smoltz’s professional baseball career is a highlight reel in itself, but he still calls hitting an eighth-inning walk-off home run to win the Lansing area Diamond Classic...
March 13 2013
Thriller writer Karen Dionne, who will keynote the 26th annual "A Rally of Writers," has had three novels published, including the environmental thrillers "Boiling Point" and "Freezing Point." The Detroit...
March 6 2013
More than half a million readers can't be wrong. That's the number of e-books sold by Holt thriller writer Rick Murcer
Feb. 27 2013
Detroit author and journalist Charlie LeDuff doesn't need a white suit, acid or a rich boy's swagger to prove that he belongs among the greats of New (now old) Journalism. His new book not only gives him...
Feb. 13 2013
Ghosts, UFOs and other unexplained happenings provide fodder for plenty of spooky mystery novels, but author Barbara Darling Saxena said the central plot for her debut thriller, "Souviens," came to her...
Jan. 30 2013
The Whitehills Book Club is unlike typical book clubs, which gravitate toward bestsellers and popular fiction. It's not because the women who compose the group, mostly residents of the Whitehills subdivision...
Jan. 9 2013
The 11-year-old program Michigan Notable Books, which is coordinated by the Library of Michigan, highlights local authors and stories and promotes reading. To be selected, books must be published in the...
Dec. 26 2012
Author readings may not measure up to the spectacle of a Wharton Center musical or the audacity of the new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, but for many in the Greater Lansing community and me, they provide...

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